The Great Falls Historic District sign that’s emblazoned on the Paterson Museum building on the Spruce Street side was recently restored, according to the Paterson Historic Preservation Commission.
Crews from Paterson-based Alpine Painting and Sandblasting Contractors spent one-week in renovating the sign that’s visible to traffic coming from major highways that drop off on Grand Street.
The crews finished work on the logo last Thursday. The restoration of the logo that was unveiled in 1978 was a team effort that included funds from the Passaic County Freeholder Board, donated paint from Sherwin-Williams, and support from the Paterson Museum.
The commission has been engaged in coming up with a way to preserve the symbolic logo since 2014 realizing the sign was at the peak of deterioration. The commission’s historic markers and signage committee found hand washing the existing metal sign board and then hand painting and bonding the logo’s surface with a sealer for longevity will aid in better preserving the logo.
To carry out its restoration effort the commission needed funding so it applied for a Passaic County Corridor Enhancement Program grant last year. The county’s corridor enhancement program is aimed at enhancing county business zones to promote tourism and business development through better, safer, and more attractive environments.
In April of this year, the county issued a $6,620 grant that allowed the commission to undertake the restoration. The Paterson Museum oversaw and coordinated the on-site work.
The logo was created in 1978 by Sara Seagull of Panama Design Studio in cooperation with the city Department of Community Development. Seagull’s simple design captured the district’s natural beauty and the industry that flourished in the area.